Hilary Duff is at it again with a new Pop album that is not bad. The songs here are on par with most Pop albums these days; she even sounds like Kylie Minogue’s recent music at times. The formula of mixing EDM with boyfriend/girlfriend themes is sure to gain her some airtime… this Teen Pop genre seems to get a lot of attention these days.
I was really surprised by the quality of Kamelot’s Haven. This Symphonic Metal band started out strong but in recent years their musical output had been below par. This new album is full of energy, and showcases a level of maturity and musical sophistication unseen in this band for a long time. The vocals are better too. If you like this genre you will likely enjoy this record.
With a global flavor of Reggae, Xavier Rudd & The United Nations bring a collection of songs that are upbeat and sometimes even come close to Electronica. It seemed to me, however, that the album never really got going and that they were playing the same song over and over again. Or was it the lyrics that were so similar? Anyway, I wouldn’t recommend this one.
For a Country album, Aaron Watson’s new release is a solid one. This is (what is now called) traditional Country with lyrics spanning traditional Country themes, such as God, guns, and girls. If you like Country, you will likely enjoy this album. For those who follow Lunch To The Sound, you know this is not my cup of tea, but I must admit that it was OK.
Wow! I had a feeling that Iron Maiden’s newest album would be great, so I took a gamble and bought it right away in a 24-bit high definition version. And my gamble paid off: this is an awesome record that ranks as one of their best. I can hear how they know their current stage in life and their music reflects that knowledge. For instance, the tempo has slowed down, the notes are sharper, and the vocals are set up in a way that maximizes Bruce’s (no-longer-hugely-powerful) voice. Every song on this double-album (well over an hour long) sounds like Iron Maiden and that is a great thing! I will definitely have to listen to this one again soon.
In celebration of Queen + Adam Lambert’s concert at Rock In Rio 2015 last night, today I listened to Adam’s new album, The Original High. Much better than his previous two albums by a long shot! He has matured as an artist and is playing to his strengths now. There is a track featuring Brian May on guitar, and someone posted today on Facebook Adam’s “Ghost Town” performed with Queen live in Sao Paulo… it sounded awesome! Last year I saw Queen + Adam Lambert in Dallas and Lambert was really good too.
Lana Del Rey’s newest album was released today–and as expected my CD arrived in the mail today as well. What a beautiful record! The haunting voice, the provocative lyrics, and the minimal beats are all here and sound more refined. Del Rey has grown as an artist and has produced high quality music that requires focus as one listens to it. I say this because I am usually able to read as I listen to an album, but with Del Rey I just can’t. If I’m listening to her music, I have to really listen. This album was worth the (time and money) investment!